Angus Crichton facing two-game suspension following controversial World Cup final incident

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Angus Crichton facing two-game suspension following controversial World Cup final incident

Angus Crichton looks set to miss the start of the 2023 NRL season, after he was handed a two-game suspension for a controversial incident in the Rugby League World Cup final.

The 26-year-old was sin-binned in the second-half of Australia’s 30-10 victory over Samoa, after a stray elbow collected Chanel Harris-Tavita in the head and led to the utility being taken from the field with a concussion.

Crichton was collecting the ball after a knock-on and while some could argue it was a reflex move or a pure accident, the referees made the decision to sit the second-rower down for 10 minutes.

Samoa coach Matt Parish argued that Crichton should have been sent off for the rest of the game, while Aussie coach Mal Meninga believed even the sin-binning was harsh.

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But on Monday morning (AEDT), RLWC officials confirmed that Crichton would be facing a suspension after being charged with Grade B Reckless Striking. 

Crichton has until 11am UK time on Monday to lodge an appeal. If he accepts the suspension, he will miss the opening two round for the Roosters next year. 

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No other charges were recorded from the RLWC final, which saw the Kangaroos win their third-straight title after triumphs in 2013 and 2017. 

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